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20 Years of UT99, macOS 10.15 Catalina & The End of The Unrealism Zone Support

Posted by Arkon on November 29, 2019 at 10:10 PM

Greetings, folks. It’s been a minute.


Today marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Unreal Tournament (UT99)! It is amazing and gratifying to see several players still fraggin’ away—both online and offline, as well as even creating new mods and maps to this very day. I do still play UT99 on occasion, but mostly offline because I am currently checking out several new & old maps and mods I’ve missed over the years. I will be checking out the The 20 Anniversary Mapping Contest forums currently taking place on UT99.org, as well.


However, I do have some bad news…


I am officially announcing the end of OS X/macOS Wineskin wrapper support for UT99, and all other available downloads.


Here are the reasons why I’m ending this project, and some tips for what you can do at this point:


1. macOS Catalina is 64-bit only, and Wineskin is—generally—not. Someone did release an unofficial 64-bit version of Wineskin Winery, and I did play around with it, but it had serious issues in Catalina, and I never got any Windows programs to work with the new Wineskins. This was probably due to the 32-bit plugins, and/or other issues I’m not aware of. Also, there may be methods around building custom 64-bit wrappers that I’m not aware of, either.


2. Don’t update to macOS 10.15 Catalina, if macOS is your ONLY option. macOS 10.14 Mojave is currently the LAST VERSION of macOS that supports these Wineskins. While some users did have issues starting these Wineskins in even older versions of macOS, for various reasons, they should be compatible with with any version between macOS 10.14.x Mojave to—I believe—Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard (if not the oldest Intel version of Mac OS X, which is 10.4.4 Tiger), but whether you do, or don’t have issues running the Wineskin…


3. You’re better off playing these games via Windows. Frankly, these games not only run and play better in Windows, but they can support more extensive mods, which is one of a few places where Wine falls short. It’s best to install Windows via Bootcamp (if possible on your particular Mac), or a virtual machine. I’ve been playing these games in Windows 7 via Bootcamp myself for several years now (and they can also run in Windows 10), but if you can’t, or don’t want to bother with Windows…


4. Play these games on an older, secondary Intel/PPC Mac or PC, if you have the available option(s). These games were officially released for Mac OS 9, and Windows. The OS X PPC preview, which admittedly has its own problems, is playable. Or, if possible, dual-boot, or virtualize an older version of OS X on your Intel Mac. You may have far better luck playing these Wineskins in 10.6.x Snow Leopard, or 10.9.x Mavericks, for example.


5. I have moved on to other projects. Life can get too busy, and to be honest, I’ve simply lost interest in continuing this project. There’s a chance someone else would pick up where I left off. Maybe they’ll even go as far as getting UT99 to run natively in 64-bit macOS in the future—who knows. I got a feeling it will be someone from OldUnreal!



Most, if not all downloads will still be available for as long as I can provide them, but again, there will be no more updates made for them. I know the aforementioned methods are not particularly convenient for some, but I guess that’s the nature of the beast.


Also, I would like to apologize for missing several emails and messages over the last couple of years—especially since I’ve been inactive with my account and email, but I want to thank everyone for checking out the project, sent donations, supported, and/or made their unique contributions The Unrealism Zone over the years. You will also see me on UT99 servers, and in Unreal communities/forums from time to time, so this isn't goodbye!


The Unrealism Zone will remain minimally active, and is relegated to an archive/hub for external links to great Unreal-based websites, downloads, other UT99 communities/forums, etc. for now.


It’s been a real blast, folks!



Never stop fragging!

Categories: The Unrealism Web, Unreal Tournament (OS X)

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